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Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising

Developer's foray into comic publishing meets with critical approval.


SEATTLE, Wash. – March 11, 2009 – Released in early January, Zombie Studios’ first comic series, SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING, has quickly garnered rave reviews.

Produced by Zombie Studios and published by Radical Publishing, the epic solar war trilogy co-created by Mark Long and Nick Sagan, represents Zombie’s initial foray into comics, with the first of three miniseries, ARISTEIA RISING, written by M. Zachary Sherman and painted by Bagus Hutomo. The Philadelphia Daily News concludes: “If you want a book that's different, with a heroine to root for, that reads and looks like a film and that packs a whopping 48 pages in between its covers for only $1.99, SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING No. 1 is for you."

“We made our biggest commitment to release SHRAPNEL, and I’m just as excited about the series now as when Mark first showed it to me,” says Radical Publishing’s President and Publisher Barry Levine. “The overwhelming response from just the first issue is amazing. And from having read the story, I know that readers are going to want to stay with this for the long haul.”

“The reaction to the book, for me at least, was completely unexpected,” Sherman adds. “I'm very excited to see the response that it’s getting. Mark and Nick's vision of a dystopian future with a universe at war was one I saw in my head immediately, and it’s been a pleasure to contribute to that.”

Other reviews for SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING include:

"Hardcore science fictions fan should not miss this." --IGN

"Intense and intelligent story partnered with art that makes your eyes drool." --Ain't It Cool News

"It is, in a word, epic." --The Scoop

"What a great book! Radical hits another one out of the park with this 48-page premiere issue." --Comic Book Page

"Overall Grade: A. SHRAPNEL delivers a high octane future war story with characters that you want to know. Run out to your local store and get this book." --Comics And...

"Honestly, this is one the best books I've reviewed." --Comics Bulletin

"SHRAPNEL epitomizes everything that sci-fi comics should be." --Twelve Fingers

"This is a great beginning to a sci-fi comic series." --Project Fanboy

"People looking for science fiction, especially with a bit of a harder edge, should check this one out." --Comixtreme

“The reviews have been great, but what I find most satisfying is that the reviewers have recognized Zack’s more subtle, political themes of the series and the bold departure of Kai’s art,” says Long. Adds Sagan, “It’s gratifying that SHRAPNEL is being received so well, and I’m very happy that all the hard work that went into it is shining through.”


Shrapnel Cover and Comic Art




About Zombie Studios

Zombie Studios ( http://www.zombie.com) an industry-leading independent video games developer based in Seattle that has worked on top tier properties including “SAW,” “AMERICA’S ARMY” and “BLACKLIGHT”.

About Radical Publishing

Winner of the Diamond Comics Distributor's Gem Award for Best New Publisher of the Year, Radical brings the best writing, storytelling and fully painted cover and interior art to the global comic book market, from prominent international talents such as YOSHITAKA AMANO, JOHN BOLTON, LUIS ROYO, JIM STERANKO, STEVE PUGH, WARREN ELLIS, ARTHUR SUYDAM, STEVE NILES, MARKO DJURDJEVIC, IAN EDGINTON, DAVID HINE, RICK REMENDER, JOSEPH KOSINSKI, NICK PERCIVAL, STEVE MOORE, SAM SARKAR, STJEPAN SEJIC, DAVE WILKINS, TOMM COKER, CLAYTON CRAIN, BILL SIENKIEWICZ, NICK SAGAN, CLINT LANGLEY, NICK SIMMONS, PATRICK REILLY, WETA WORKSHOP, ZOMBIE STUDIOS and many more.

Radical Publishing is founded by BARRY LEVINE (Producer for HERCULES, CALIBER, FREEDOM FORMULA and Executive Producer for the in-development REX MUNDI movie from Warner Bros., written by JIM UHLS and starring JOHNNY DEPP); his protege JESSE BERGER (Executive Producer for HERCULES, CALIBER and FREEDOM FORMULA); and longtime writer/publisher DAVID ELLIOTT (Atomeka Press and Tundra Publishing).

Radical Publishing currently has production deals with Universal Studios, Spyglass Entertainment, PETER BERG's Film 44 and Radical Pictures for HERCULES; JOHN WOO's Lion Rock Productions, JOHNNY DEPP's Infinitum Nihil and Radical Pictures for CALIBER; and BRYAN SINGER's Bad Hat Harry Productions and Radical Pictures for FREEDOM FORMULA.


Zombie Studios

Mark Long , 206-623-9655


Radical Publishing

Gianluca Glazer, 323-874-4400


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